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Title: Once Upon a Royal Christmas (Palotays of Montana Book 2)My Review:
Author: Robin Bielman
Published by: Tule Publishing Group
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle Book
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Colliding with a prince while walking four dogs isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.
Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to keep temptation away.
Giving into the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, Theo and Rowan discover what matters most. But when their relationship makes worldwide news, Theo must decide whether or not to follow his heart or his royal duty.
This one was very good. I really liked the slow simmer of them falling for each other, although at times it stalled a bit too much for my tastes. I also liked how realistic they were about where the relationship was going. It was a very mature and logical path they tried to follow. Of course, best laid plans….
It was very heartwarming to see how the prince struggled with his familial obligation while also wanting to follow his heart. And he didn’t play the martyr, he knew he was deserving of marrying someone he loved and didn’t want to settle for an arrangement that didn’t suit him if he could avoid it. It felt very genuine. He was a bit too goody goody for me but as far as a Christmas story goes, that’s really to be expected.
Rowan was a delight. She was caring and passionate about her work. An artist will always hold a soft spot in my heart and she was a true artist. I enjoyed how she wasn’t looking for attention or fame with her art, but instead was looking to brighten someones day. I think I’ll read more by this author.